52 Fun Things: Try a New One Each Week of the Year!

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Rather than the traditional resolution list of fad diets, breaking habits and promises that usually gets broken, I decided to create a list of new things to try—things that can be crossed off (or added to) as the year goes on. There’s one for each week of the year—most are free and all are easily achievable!

  1. Write a handwritten note and post it to someone you haven’t been in touch with for a while.
  2. Make someone a Birthday or celebration cake.
  3. Volunteer for the day, a local dog shelter, home for the elderly or at a soup kitchen for the homeless.
  4. Take a bus or train to a town, village or city that you’ve never visited. Just go to the station and get on the next one that comes in.
  5. Learn meditation, yoga, Pilates or something new that you’ve never tried.
  6. Make a scrapbook, print out photographs, emails and attach keepsakes.
  7. Go to an outdoor weekend music festival. And sleep under the stars.
  8. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  9. Spend a whole day in bed watching movies, reading books and snuggling with a loved one.
  10. Look up your family tree and find out what you can learn about your ancestors.
  11. Sign up for a local community class, learn something new and meet other people who live in your area at the same time.
  12. Forgive someone who has hurt you. And maybe let them know.

  13. Plant seeds and grow something in a window box or the garden. If possible start a small vegetable garden.
  14. Compliment a stranger, it will possibly make their day.
  15. Read an old classic. Choose one that’s always caught your attention and be patient if you don’t get into it straight away.
  16. Start your own or join a book club.
  17. Go to a museum, the cinema or a restaurant alone. Enjoy your own company.
  18. Bake cookies and share them at work, when visiting friends or give them to a neighbour that may be on their own.
  19. Make your own birthday, anniversary, valentines or celebration cards.
  20. Go mountain climbing, hiking, or a long forest walk.
  21. Eat lunch outdoors, pack a picnic in a hamper, sit by a lake, the sea, go to a local park or lay out a blanket in the garden.
  22. Roller skate. Hire or buy a pair and have fun while toning up.
  23. Let someone else order for you in a restaurant. Or cook something you would never normally try.
  24. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and make plans to visit.
  25. For a period of time, a week, a month or all year, only shop locally. Purchase free-range, ethical and fair-trade goods, buy from independent retailers, at farmer’s markets and give handcrafted creations as presents.
  26. Invent your own cocktail, purchase your favourite ingredients and try out something new. Adorn it with umbrellas, fancy stirrers and edible glitter.
  27. Play a board game with friends or family. Scrabble, Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit sadly get forgotten due to technology. They are timeless classics and a great way to spend quality time together.
  28. Swap the car for a bike for the day. So much more can be absorbed when cycling, plus it’s great exercise.
  29. Attend an open mic night. Great entertainment and can be the perfect way to meet new people too.
  30. Donate to charity, whether it’s clothes you no longer wear, blankets to the local dog shelter or a sack of carrots to donkeys in India. There are charities everywhere grateful for anything. Even if it’s a $1 donation—it all helps.
  31. Make homemade bread. It’s very simple and completely delicious.
  32. Switch off all phones, laptops and technology devices. Find different ways to communicate with those close to us and spend quality time with yourself or with others.
  33. Have a major clear out. De-clutter, if it’s not pretty, useful or it hasn’t been used in the last 6 months, be ruthless, let it go.
  34. Write out a will, a little morbid to think about but it will give you great peace of mind.
  35. Take all old books and magazines to a local waiting room, for others to read. Write a note in the front of a book and leave in a public place for others to take on and enjoy and then they can do the same when they’ve finished.
  36. Take your camera with you for a whole day and capture everything and anything that takes your interest.
  37. Attend a food or wine tasting festival. Most cities hold these events and they are usually free to attend and a great way to try new tastes.
  38. Hold a mini movie festival at home. Invite your best friends, tell them to bring a movie they love and spend a whole afternoon and evening together curled up chatting, eating and drinking and sharing old favourites.
  39. Organise a clean up with neighbours. Choose a particular hot spot that has turned into an eyesore and get a few people involved to help out. It won’t take long, will be enjoyable working together and you’ll be amazed at the difference a few hours teamwork can make.
  40. Get a few friends together and take a ball to the park. Play soccer, rounders, cricket or basketball and ask everyone to bring something to add to a small outdoor snack/picnic afterwards.
  41. Make your own soup—nothing tastes better. Especially if you add your homemade bread.
  42. Learn a new language, especially if it’s of a country you plan to visit.
  43. Go for a swim (if you don’t already.) Or try a brand new water-based activity, water/jet skiing, surfing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking.
  44. Skip! It’s free, burns a heap of calories and can be done anywhere.
  45. Take a road trip—pack a few necessities, take a map and set out on adventure with no set destination. Explore and investigate different places along the way.
  46. Camp out—choose a time when the weather is good, take a barbeque set and sleeping bags and a portable radio. Relax with nature and leave all technology behind.
  47. Read the community newsletter or noticeboards. Find out what’s going on locally and get involved in a new activity.
  48. Try a new look—choose a new hairstyle or try wearing clothes that you like but wouldn’t normally wear.
  49. Write a list of everything we appreciate. Sometimes things can go unnoticed and it’s a great way of becoming more aware and then passing on the gratitude.

  50. Watch a sunset, sunrise or both. Find a spot with a good view and settle down with a friend or loved one and enjoy.
  51. Write down your life plan. It doesn’t have to be specific, or even achievable. Just a guide for all the things you would like to do and then you can tick and cross off the ones that you want to work towards.
  52. Take time out to let those around you know they are loved. Call up, write letters, visit and send the message out strong and clear to those that are most important to you.



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bobi59 Jan 2, 2019 8:32pm

Lovely video,thank you both xx

Emma Stenstrom Jan 2, 2019 11:23am

Great, but not written for people who live up north. I will have to change the weeks, for sure. Outdoor music festivals are difficult to find in Scandinavia in February, planting a garden is not recommended when it is still snow, sailing the end of October, camping out in the middle of November. It might be a year of colds…

anonymous Mar 22, 2016 10:19am

thanks for some good ideas

anonymous Jul 9, 2015 9:35pm

I started a "Trying something new everyday" challenge, and was looking for inspiration:) Will definitely add some things to my "to do list";)

anonymous Jul 1, 2015 12:08am

These fun things is really amazing . it is such a great reminder.
thank you.

anonymous Jun 26, 2015 3:16am

This is great thing for fun. and amazing reminder. thank you for sharing.
i am waiting for same type of new blog.

anonymous May 27, 2015 4:14pm

Love the opening quote! Gotta love Neil. Such great reminders of what's really important. Thanks 🙂

anonymous May 8, 2015 2:56am

There are some lovely (albeit not particularly original) ideas on this list but disappointed to see that despite the general vibe of this website, No: 9 & No: 50 still require ‘a loved one’. Mixed messages. Why not do either alone and enjoy the moment in your own company?

anonymous May 7, 2015 9:26am

I so so so loved this list…I think I'm gonna save this or take a printout and try n tick off the things that I can do off it.
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts…

anonymous May 6, 2015 3:10am

This is an incredible list. If you manage to do some of them during the year I am sure you'll improve your life quality, be another person, more health and spiritual.

Planting seeds, making breads, reading books, watching sunset, playing music, are only some that our ancestors do and live better than we do.

Thanks for sharing this.

anonymous Mar 4, 2015 2:39am

I loved this article and it really inspired me to go on and make my on list. Not only did I do that I am photographing the tasks as I do them. http://52thingsand52weeks.blogspot.co.uk/ please take a look.

    anonymous Jul 9, 2015 9:40pm

    Such a great idea Frankie! I checked out your blog, and I hope you will be doing more posts soon:)

anonymous Feb 24, 2015 12:23pm

great funny things. Thanks for sharing

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anonymous Dec 25, 2014 7:20am

May i add to the above list. Hike up a mountain. Try white water rafting. Go sky diving. Date a hockey player.

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    anonymous Jan 7, 2015 6:19am

    I would think it is more about just getting out from in front of the tv or video games and doing something. Do something that requires thought and a bit of preparation, ya know things that could bring you happiness

Michael Batko Jun 24, 2017 4:10am

Great list - will add to my own :) I've been doing one new thing a week for the past 2 years, so defs some awesome stuff in your post! If you need some more inspiration - have a look :) https://mbwhatsnew.wordpress.com/ Michael

Adriana Gray Sep 15, 2016 7:38pm

Great list, I'm definitely going to have to try out some things on this list!! I also love the outdoors, and I discovered another list of fun activities that you should check out! http://instanatural.com/blogs/news/five-must-try-summer-activities

Di Bateman Jun 25, 2016 4:44am

Love the list, i have done(&continue)a few like volunteering & decluttering/ donating but some of the others are wonderful

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Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person. The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. Alex’s bestselling book, An Empath, is on sale now for only $1.99! Connect with her on Facebook and join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people.